Honda says their "Over-The-Wing Engine Mounted" HondaJet is the most advanced aircraft in its class, and the final production version has just taken to the skies at the Experimental Aircraft Association's "AirVenture" event.
AirVenture is a massive gathering of aviation companies and enthusiasts at the Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin where new tech and techniques in aviation are demonstrated. Our own Paul Thompson is out there reporting for the site right now!
In addition to the unique engine mounting, the HondaJet features "natural-laminar flow wing and fuselage nose, and composite fuselage were developed from long-term research activities." Honda says "These innovations combine to make the HondaJet the fastest, most spacious and most fuel-efficient jet in its class."
Jack J. Pelton, EAA's chairman of the board seems to echo the company's enthusiasm; "We again welcome the impressive innovation and technology from the Honda Aircraft team, as it is a perfect fit for the world of flying ingenuity we see every year at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. It has been fascinating to watch the development of the HondaJet from its original concept to the production aircraft shown here at Oshkosh. It is a tribute to the entire Honda team that made it possible."